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Selvedge Denim

What does Selvedge Denim mean?

Initially known as ‘self-edge’, the selvedge is the narrow, tightly woven band on both edges of the denim . A selvedge end prevents the edge of the denim from unravelling and shows a clean, finished look.

Old shuttle looms produce denim where selvedges are closed.  Alternatively, on larger modern weaving machines, the is cut on every pick, resulting in a fringed selvedge.

Selvedge colour varies with the brand and producer.  For instance, coloured thread was used by to identify the particular used by it’s major manufacturers. Levi’s were originally an all white strip and later had a single red striped selvedge.  Lee’s had a blue or green strip along one end and ’s was yellow.

Style Terms explains Selvedge Denim

The selvedge refers to the white edge of a piece of that secures the edge of the and prevents unraveling. Selvedge denim are made out of denim woven on an old-style shuttle with a continuous and a narrow (usually around thirty inches).

Today, selvage denim is valued for its irregularities and character, and is typically more expensive than regular denim. Selvedges in usually denote high quality denim, albeit there are many factors to consider with denim quality.